Scouting assistant Rich Behm (33) sustained a fracture to the Thoracic spine (10th Thoracic vertebrae). The fracture caused a severing of the spinal cord at that level causing permanent paralysis from the waist down. He underwent surgery to stabilize the fracture last night and remains in stable condition at Parkland Hospital.
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis (43) sustained a fracture of one of his cervical
vertebrae (C-7/T-1). He remains in stable condition without paralysis at Parkland
Hospital. Surgery to stabilize the fracture is scheduled for Monday morning.
Assistant athletic trainer, Greg Gaither (35) sustained a fracture to the tibia and
fibula in his right leg which was surgically repaired last night at Baylor
University Medical Center. He should be released later this week.
Statement from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:
"To the Behm family we extend our love, comfort, and the full support of every
person and resou
rce within the organization. Rich is a courageous member of our family and someone
for whom we care deeply. We ask for all friends and fans of the Dallas Cowboys to
join us in embracing him and his family with their thoughts and prayers at this very
"As we share concern for everyone who was touched by this accident, we also extend
our heartfelt and best wishes to Coach Joe DeCamillis and his family as they prepare
for Joe's surgery tomorrow.
"We are grateful that Greg Gaither's surgery was successful, and we feel blessed
that others involved were able to walk away from this accident after receiving
medical attention yesterday afternoon.
"The Dallas Cowboys organization would like to express its deepest appreciation to
the City of Irving's Fire, Police and medical emergency teams that collectively
responded to the accident in the most timely and thorough manner yesterday. We are
also grateful to those Cowboys players and staff members who acted so quickly and
heroically in the face of personal danger to help those around them who were in need
of immediate assistance."
Scouting assistant paralyzed
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